On the Subject of Colored Switches

It’s only five switches. How hard can it be?

See Appendix for identifying modules in Colored Switches family.

  • The module has five switches on it. Each switch may be orange, green, purple, turquoise, blue, or red.
  • The diagram below indicates which switch transitions are safe. A switch can be toggled only if it has the same color as the relevant arrow in the diagram. A black, thicker line indicates this switch can be toggled regardless of its color. The numbers indicate the switch being toggled (numbered from left to right).
  • To defuse the module, first make any three permissible toggles. Then the LEDs below the switches come on. The switches must be brought into the position indicated by those LEDs.
5 4 1 2 3 2 4 2 5 4 3 4 1 3 5 2 1 5 1 3 3 5 4 4 4 1 5 2 2 1 5 4 3 4 5 1 2 3 1 2 5 3 5 4 2 1 4 1 5 2

Appendix: Identifying lookalikes of Colored Switches

If there are no lit LEDs:
If the sockets are colored and there is a middle LED between the top and bottom row of LEDs:
If the first LED is lit:
If all of the switches are black: